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Thesis work at the Department of Botany – basic information on thesis evaluation

A thesis is evaluated by the appropriate committee as one component of the final state examination. Theses are evaluated according to the criteria given below, while taking into account the opinions of other department members and especially the thesis reader.

1. Basic evaluation criteria

  1. quality and quantity of data collected

  2. suitable methodological approach

  3. correct and appropriate interpretation of data (results) in the context of what is known about the subject (knowledge of literature, discussion of the problem)

  4. good, synthesizing selection of presentation tools (graphs, diagrams, etc.) when presenting important primary data in the appendix; all primary data must be available from the author upon request

  5. quality responses to comments in assessments and from the faculty during the defense

  6. adequate presentation skills during the defense, including presentation of essential points within the allotted time (15 min)

2. A thesis is given a grade of 4 (failed), if

  • it is evident that the candidate is not knowledgeable in the area of study, has not followed the basic thesis assignment (changes are permissible if approved sufficiently in advance by the thesis advisor and head of the particular department), the thesis data are obtained in a fundamentally erroneous manner, the candidate has not invested the minimum work necessary or the work was not performed independently (parts or all are plagiarized, or primary data are only listed with no further processing or interpretation),

  • it is found to be formally lacking and deficient (does not contain the basic requisites with respect to structure, grammar and style, does not cite corresponding literature, etc.).

Note: Current regulations require the defense of thesis work. It is up to the critical judgment of the candidate and advisor not to submit a thesis with such serious shortcomings.

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3. A thesis is given a grade of 3 (good), if

  • it meets the basic (minimum) requirements contained in part 2 for work to be submitted for defense,

  • it fails to meet two of the first three basic evaluation criteria (1, 2 and 3) or fails to meet one of these while scoring very low in criteria 4, 5 and 6.

4. A thesis is given a grade of 2 (very good), if

  • it meets the basic (minimum) requirements contained in part 2 for work to be submitted for defense,

  • if meets at least two of criteria 1, 2 and 3, but has shortcomings in other criteria.

5. A thesis is given a grade of 1 (excellent), if

  • there are no shortcomings in all of the basic evaluation criteria, or if the level of work in two of criteria 1 to 5 is above average and the shortcomings in the other areas are not serious.

The given evaluation standards apply to both professional and teaching courses of study, but in the case of part-time study in the field of teaching, the fulfillment of criteria 1 and 3 will be assessed according to the character of the assigned thesis work.

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6. Evaluation role of thesis advisor

  • evaluation based on criteria (1 – 4) above (present a structured assessment according to these criteria)

  • possibly present details of the work or approach of the student to the thesis work if this appears to be a significant additional component (advantage of long-term contact between the advisor and graduate student)

7. Evaluation role of thesis reader

  • evaluation based on criteria (1 – 4) above (present a structured assessment according to these criteria)

  • possibly present the significance of the results of the thesis work in the context of the particular interdisciplinary specialization

  • during assessment ask the graduate student stimulating questions for the defense concerning, for example, problematic passages of the work, alternative approaches to achieving the objectives of the thesis work, etc.

Thesis copies placed in the department library will include the date of the defense and grade.

These guidelines were discussed and approved at the meeting of the Department of Botany of the Charles University Faculty of Science on February 25th, 2005.

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